The holidays came early for Monet, a special-needs tabby just adopted out from Pleasanton's Valley Humane Society.
Monet is a 7-year-old orange tabby with some severe challenges. She has tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and leaves an occasional urine drip, for unclear reasons -- making it extra hard for her to be adopted.
But on Thursday, she found a home, joining a Livermore family who has another FIV-positive cat.
When she was found as a stray, Monet had a severe gash mid-tail, requiring total amputation.
The FIV test means that she must live indoors so as not to infect other cats. And although Monet is able to hold her bladder and use her litterbox when needed, she does experience the occasional urine drip. (Valley Humane compares the drip to "a person who might experience a tiny leak when they sneeze.")
However, she is a sweet cat, and has completely recovered from her tail amputation surgery -- the fur has even grown back, said Melissa Adkins, marketing communications manager for the nonprofit organization.
The family who adopted her decided that they wanted another feline friend.
"They checked out several area shelter websites, and Valley Humane was the only group with a special-needs cat," Adkins said. "They came down and (of course) fell in love with her and took her home."
A Senior Pet Adoption Grant awarded by the Petfinder Foundation allowed Valley Humane to waive her $100 adoption fee, along with providing for a plastic Kuranda cat tower, a high-sided Modkat litterbox with washable liners, and helping with her prescription diet for about two years.
The Valley Humane Society, located at 3670 Nevada St., has a Home for the Holidays promotion going on during the month of December: adoption fees for all adult dogs and cats are half-off.
The organization is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.